Seattle Office of Film + Music


NPR Music
Longtime music writer and KEXP DJ Hannah Levine helped NPR Music compile an extensive list of bands from the Pacific Northwest that favor heavier, doom-laden sounds. The result is a compelling audio mix of songs that highlights a burgeoning music scene. Bands like Absolute Monarchs, Lesbian, Black Breath, He Whose Ox is Gored, Red Fang and more are at the forefront of a heavy metal revival. There are also nods to founding fathers of the moevement (like the Melvins and Sleep) as well as recent notable acts (such as These Arms Are Snakes, Akimbo, and Triumph of Lethargy). It’s a thoughtful primer to the darker side of rock in the Northwest.

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July 28, 2010, 11:14 am
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Seattle Weekly
These days there are tons of ways to expose oneself to new music, listen to tunes for free and participate in musical conversations. Lesser-known groups promote their music and events on Myspace. Indie-lovers head over to Pitchfork for its latest and greatest hipster hits. But one of the most well-rounded and thoughtful must-read sites is NPR, whose music sections allow listeners to stream albums for free, readers to garner more biographic information about artists and enthusiasts to purchase new music. Among all the recent hand-wringing over how to battle disastrous record sales, the death of radio and the demise of good music journalism, NPR seems to have something artists crave… they have customers who are curious and actually buy music. Several Seattle artists have recently been prominently featured on the site’s “Song of the Day” section, including Perfume Genius, Ivan & Alyosha and Melvins. To read the full article about the evolution of NPR’s music journalism, follow the link.

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June 25, 2010, 11:42 am
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Washington band the Melvins’ latest album The Bride Screamed Murder recently cracked Billboard’s Top 200, a first for this band that’s been putting out music for more than 26 years, and NPR has named their song “I’ll Finish You Off” the song of the day. NPR says “To this day, the band explores the pummeling low-end sounds that made its early work so gargantuan; from the cerebral sounds of Tool to the sonic abuse of Pig Destroyer, Melvins’ intense vibrations are still felt throughout the world of extreme music. ‘I’ll Finish You Off’ is loud, proud and backed with a psychedelic wall of guitar distortion, as the group continues a few tricks it’s been executing on its past few albums: recording with two drummers and spreading chorus effects across the vocals. Of course, the voluminous guitar chugs only lend more massiveness to the track, but an organ pops up as the instrumentation’s most surprising addition… More than a quarter of a century into the band’s career together, it’s inspiring to hear Melvins continue to deafen new generations of listeners.”

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May 22, 2009, 10:56 am
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Seattle Times
Hard to believe Googling the phrase “Melvins invented grunge” only calls up 160 returns. This is supposed to be common knowledge, people! The second-most famous band from Aberdeen, the Melvins were a huge influence on a teenage Kurt Cobain. “They played faster than I ever imagined music could be played and with more energy than my Iron Maiden records could provide. This I what I was looking for,” he wrote in his journal after seeing them for the first time behind a Thriftway in Montesano in 1983. Twenty-five years later, they celebrate their improbable longevity with back-to-back concerts at Showbox at the Market. Over those two and a half decades, the Melvins have teetered between succinct-but-loud-as-the-sun rock and mad, punishing noise experiments, treated alternately as toxic outsiders and revered innovators.